New pictures of Maggie, her younger brother Jake Gyllenhaal and her husband Peter Sarsgaard at the opening night of Uncle Vanya. I’ve added pictures both from the show and from the after party. Enjoy!
A small cutout from a review done by Linda Winer for Newsday.com (yes of course I had to post this lovely comment on Maggie’s performance).
Gyllenhaal, in her first major role on the New York stage, is seriously delightful as Yelena, the young wife of the aged, self-important professor (George Morfogen). Their move from the city has disrupted the tedious regularity of the struggling estate. From the moment she swans, without a word, through the house in her summer-sophisticate linens (by Suzy Benzinger), everyone else seems unbearably dull.
Read the rest of the review here.
Its not too long ago that I added a beautiful photoshoot with Maggie and now I’m bringing you yet another gorgeous photoshoot! This time it’s outtakes from C Magazine that Maggie covered last May (unfortuantly I have never been able to get my finger on the magazine).
WHEN Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard started coming to the Classic Stage Company in the East Village a few weeks ago to begin rehearsals for Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya,” they were surprised, marginally flattered and mildly annoyed to find that a phalanx of paparazzi had staked out the theater, flashbulbs at the ready.
Then they learned that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, who had taken up residence nearby, were regular visitors to the coffee shop in the theater’s lobby and were the photographers’ true quarries.
“They actually had nothing to do with us,” Mr. Sarsgaard said with an embarrassed laugh during a recent interview.
“But,” Ms. Gyllenhaal added, “they were like, ‘All right, as long as you’re here.’ ”
“Two for the price of one,” Mr. Sarsgaard said. “Awesome.”
In the constellation of couples who fascinate and transfix — Tom and Katie, Brad and Angelina, Matthew and Sarah Jessica — Peter and Maggie are minor lights, their appeal driven not by exotic trappings (private planes, bodyguards, baby photos for sale) but by career paths and indie credentials that have defined them as actors first, boldface names third or fifth.
When Maggie Gyllenhaal was announced as one of the stars of Classic Stage Company’s Uncle Vanya, you had to wonder: Would she portray the alluring Yelena or the plain Sonya? It’s a testament to her talent that she could easily step into either part. At once an indie darling and a mainstream movie star with an offbeat beauty that has earned her modeling contracts and snarky online insults, Gyllenhaal, 31, has no problem transforming herself to suit a character, even if it means putting vanity on hold. For Vanya, however, she will be playing up her glamorous side as Yelena, the attractive but idle object of affection for a trio of men, including doctor-cum-environmentalist Astrov, played by Gyllenhaal’s real-life partner, Peter Sarsgaard. It’s her first time tackling Chekhov and only her second New York stage appearance after 2004’s Homebody/Kabul, but if the actor is nervous, it doesn’t show.
In recent years, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s heartbreakingly intuitive film performances and gawky beauty have catapulted her onto Hollywood’s A-list. She also has the honor of being one of Babble’s most-searched celebs, thanks largely to the many photographs of her breastfeeding her daughter — Ramona, now two years old — in public. Although we imagine that the paparazzi weren’t a welcome addition to feeding time, Gyllenhaal’s “my-kid’s-hungry-photographers-be-damned” attitude — not to mention her obvious joy at bonding with her daughter — earned her wide admiration among mothers everywhere. Recently, Gyllenhaal was on hand at Fisher Price’s unveiling of their new “Precious Planet” line, to present a check from Fisher Price to the Wildlife Conservation Society — a cause she feels strongly about supporting. Babble spoke to the Batman: The Dark Knight star about navigating subways with a toddler, sleep training, and her valiant effort to split parenting duties equally with her husband, actor Peter Sarsgaard. — Gwynne Watkins
You were talking about how important it is for kids to connect with nature through the zoos and parks when they live in the city. What has your overall experience of raising your daughter in the city been like?
There are things that are great. Like, I imagine that if I were living in the country, it would be very difficult to meet other kids, to meet other mothers. I think it’s easier in Brooklyn. We live pretty near Prospect Park, and when we go to the big meadow in Prospect Park and just let her go, she’s so happy. But I have trouble with, “Oh, don’t pick that up, that’s digusting! No, you can’t put that snow in your mouth, you can only put this snow over here in your mouth!” I don’t like that.